Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE is an adventure series from the all female artistic group, CLAMP. The show is full of feathers, friendships, and little furry dimension travelers. Through the characters travels into various worlds, small adventures arise. These mini-adventures must be seen through in order to continue working towards their main goals. The creativity and execution of these worlds is thorough and effective. Although there are parallels between some cultures and countries in our reality; these other worlds have their own unique characteristics, creating a fun and adventurous atmosphere.
Tsubasa is the story of Syaoran and his princess, Sakura. Sakura’s memories have been scattered through different worlds during a trip to ruins in their country. In order to save her life, Syaoran and Sakura must travel between these worlds finding her memories that have taken the form of feathers. They will not be doing it alone. Receiving help from the dimension witch, Yuko, they are afforded means of which they can travel between worlds. But this will come at a price. Syaoran and Sakura will also be accompanied by two travelers from other worlds; Fai and Kurogane.
Tsubasa’s story unfolds alongside the characters and through their adventures. We are given a bit of the character’s back story, particularly Syaoran and Sakura, but for the most part we learn about them as the show progresses. This aspect of the writing is well executed. At other times the story lines can be obvious. When the characters are having a hard time finding Sakura’s feathers and its whereabouts is obvious to the audience, it can get frustrating. This is particularly apparent in the first world they travel to. You are able to get through this storyline due to the writing around the characters themselves. The writing for the next worlds become better. The audience is aware of the feather, and the characters are able to figure its possible location faster. Thus the adventure centers around how to get the feather instead of trying to find it. This kind of story telling works much better for the characters and their adventures.
The art in Tsubasa is typical of CLAMP’s style; long skinny beautiful characters. The main characters all fit into this style; but the characters in the other worlds display a bigger variety in their designs. Using Osuma Tezuka’s Star System as a basis, CLAMP uses characters from other works, both in name and design. Characters are present most notably from the works: Cardcaptor Sakura, RG Veda, X, and xxxHolic. It should be noted that xxxHolic was written concurrently with Tsubasa.
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